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Terrafugia's flight plan  - C/Net  Terrafugia, a start-up created by Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winner Carl Dietrich and colleagues at MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is aiming to show off what it calls the Transition "personal air vehicle," an SUV with retractable wings, to the EAA AirVenture Conference in Oshkosh, Wis., at the end of July. The Transition is designed for 100- to 500-mile jumps. It will carry two people and luggage on a single tank of premium unleaded gas. It will also come with airbags, aerodynamic bumpers and of course a GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation unit. Terrafugia is aiming to build a vehicle that will fly at 120 miles per hour and get 30 miles a gallon in the air. Transition vehicles are expected to hit the road, and the sky, by 2009 or 2010.   
Home Plate Brings Mars Exploration To Every Desktop - SpaceDaily  Left:  As Spirit explores the Home Plate outcrop NASA and Cornell scientists are imaging the area in high detail. The PanCam image sections coming down each day are stunning images that will make for one of the best color panoramas of the mission to date. An early twin panel 1024 desktop is available here. Image stitchers are welcome to alert us as to when their draft and finished versions are available for public release. Be the first to stitch up Home Plate. Contact us here. The rocks and geologic characteristics of Home Plate are like no other found by either Mars rover. The Home Plate rocks look like a volcano had rained down debris in the middle of water-sculpted strata.    


The flying luxury hotel of tomorrow  - CNN  This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms. Pasternak says several cruise ship companies have expressed interest in the project, and for good reason: The craft would have a range of several thousand miles and, with an estimated top speed of 174 miles per hour, could traverse the continental U.S. in about 18 hours. During the flight, passengers would peer at national landmarks just 8,000 feet below or, if they weren't captivated by the view, the cavernous interior would easily accommodate such amenities as luxury staterooms, restaurants, even a casino. The company envisions a cargo-carrying version that could deliver a year's worth of supplies to an offshore oil rig.   
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2/24/2005: Endangered Species Act Foe Tangled In Abramoff Scandal ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: State of wildlife sites improving
  - BBC
2/24/2005: UK moths 'in serious decline'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Cat parasite 'is killing otters'  - BBC
2/24/2005: 'Destructive fishing' ban for NZ  - BBC
2/24/2005: Caught on camera: Chimps using tools to find food  - BBC
2/24/2005: Electronic tags used to track migrating Australian crocodiles  - BBC

Climate, Environment:
2/24/2005: PUC seeks cap on utilities' greenhouse gas emissions ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Studies of ancient climates suggest Earth is now on a fast track to global warming ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: I Believe In Global WarmingbrBut Not the Religious Doctrine of the Same Name ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Sarawak agonises over plan to clear rainforest ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Greenpeace Activists Remind Russian About Kyoto Treaty ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Roche urged to police industry emissions ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Pollution risk to swimmers ... - FirstScience
2/24/2005: Ocean Was a Hot Tub in Dino Era ... - Live Science
2/24/2005: Earth 'on fast track' to warming  - BBC
2/24/2005: Rocks 'could store Europe's CO2'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Rural recovery policies 'failed'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Climate changeTake part in the world's largest climate experiment  - BBC

2/24/2005: Programmable Vibrator Uses USB  - Wired News
2/24/2005: US troops use computer game to learn Iraqi gestures  - BBC
2/24/2005: Sony fears on PlayStation launch  - BBC
2/24/2005: Graphire3 Blue pen tablet for $53  - C/Net
2/24/2005: PlayStation 3 to be delayed?  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Digital BooksStart A New Chapter - Business Week
2/24/2005: • Mobile, Online Lead Videogame Growth
 - Business Week
2/24/2005: Game weaves clues into cloth
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Photos: Garments with game
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Olympians make an iPod statement
  - C/Net

2/24/2005: TV in your hand: Broadcasters re-think their content for small mobile screens
  - BBC
2/24/2005: Broadband: Chicago next on the broadband wagon
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: It rings, sings, downloads, but can you stand it?
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Mobile madness: New phone services clamour for attention at mobile showcase
  - BBC
2/24/2005: Don't Tax Municipal Wi-Fi
 - Business Week

2/24/2005: IBM promotes making chips in the bath  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Video: Apple adds new features to iWorks  - C/Net
2/24/2005: • Macs, Safe No More? - Business Week
2/24/2005: A High-End Home Run - Business Week

2/24/2005: Here Comes a Google for Coders  - Wired News
2/24/2005: This Ain't No Clunky El Camino  - Wired News
2/24/2005: A New Way to Tame Chaos of Flames  - Wired News
2/24/2005: Google throws out US data demand  - BBC
2/24/2005: Who goes there? Proving your identity online is tricky, says analyst Bill Thompson  - BBC
2/24/2005: City history database goes online  - BBC
2/24/2005: Internet petition helps save a dog's favourite tatty old sofa
  - BBC
2/24/2005: Rock history streamed online
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Photos:- Rock history
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Video: Graham's collection
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Google may lack license for China service
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Google denies license problem in China
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Google admits Desktop security risk
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: 15 comments
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Web services upend ideas about little guys
  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Home Depot moves to expand online sales
  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Passwords Passé at RSA  - Wired News
2/24/2005: Man charged over Oscar 'piracy'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Microsoft announces Office 2007 pricing, details  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Uncovering a forgotten digital rock n' roll trove  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Nanotubes Hold Hydrogen's Future  - Wired News
2/24/2005: Blackouts 'threaten UK Olympics'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Solar future: Israeli scientist pursues his vision to generate energy  - BBC



2/24/2005: 'Faster emergence' for diseases  - BBC
2/24/2005: 'No panic' over bird flu threat  - BBC
2/24/2005: Quick pandemic flu test 'vital'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Five years on: How has foot-and-mouth left hoteliers, farmers and Phoenix?  - BBC
2/24/2005: • Waging War on Hepatitis C - Business Week

2/24/2005: Pig cells 'may reverse diabetes'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Metals link to multiple sclerosis  - BBC

2/24/2005: Drug limits foetal alcohol damage  - BBC
2/24/2005: Chewing gum aids surgery recovery  - BBC
2/24/2005: Premature birth block hope  - BBC
2/24/2005: Health study into city investment  - BBC
2/24/2005: Venom therapy (video): Bee stings helping to relieve pain  - BBC
2/24/2005: Sexual health: Which parts of the body are affected by chlamydia?  - BBC
2/24/2005: Innovative designs tackle disability  - BBC
2/24/2005: Going grey is no barrier to a satisfying sex life  - BBC

History, Anthropology:
2/24/2005: Churches urged to back evolution  - BBC
2/24/2005: Predators 'drove human species'  - BBC
2/24/2005: US teaching debate: Intelligent design v evolution  - BBC
2/24/2005: 'Dodos' film pecks at evolution debate  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Images: 'Flock of Dodos'  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Terrafugia's flight plan  - C/Net
2/24/2005: A flying car in every garage?  - C/Net
2/24/2005: The flying luxury hotel of tomorrow  - CNN 
2/24/2005: Rural recovery policies 'failed'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Rants 'n' Raves: Teleportation?  - Wired News
2/24/2005: Arctic adventure: British explorer prepares for record breaking expedition  - BBC
2/24/2005: VisiCalc creator tackles wikis  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Images: Counting on WikiCalc  - C/Net
2/24/2005: No 10 technophobe Tony Blair's ex-press chief never sent e-mail or used internet  - BBC
2/24/2005: MP sent e-mails to himself to boost his "response rating"  - BBC
2/24/2005: Social outcasts: HIV-positive children are abandoned in Russia's Aids crisis  - BBC
2/24/2005: Have Your Say: Your comments on how British society is changing  - BBC
2/24/2005: Intel to open technology center in Gaza - Business Week
2/24/2005: Mashup Camp:a new kind of get-together  - C/Net
2/24/2005: Running a hatchery for replicant hackers  - C/Net
2/24/2005: AMD sees Indian growth doubling in 2006  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Monkey's Voice Good as Mom's for Newborn Babies ... - Live Science
2/24/2005: Celebrity Health Gwyneth Lewis, Wales' national poet, talks about her depression  - BBC
2/24/2005: Lives 'devastated' by tinnitus  - BBC
2/24/2005: Hunger 'may trigger memory'  - BBC
2/24/2005: Big decision?- try sleeping on it, scientists say  - BBC

Physics and Astronomy:
2/24/2005: New type of star discovered - PhysicsWeb
2/24/2005: Giant Telescope Will Peek at Past
  - Wired News
2/24/2005: New physics theory resolves mystery of anomalous cosmic rays ...
  - Physics Org
2/24/2005: Employment in Physics ...
 - FirstScience


2/24/2005: If robots get too smart, he'll know how to stop them  - C/Net
2/24/2005: 12 comments  - C/Net

2/24/2005: Home Plate Brings Mars Exploration To Every Desktop - SpaceDaily
2/24/2005: Japan sends satellite into orbit
  - BBC

2/24/2005: Report: In-car navigation systems can be dangerous  - C/Net


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